Choosing Courses: your choice, your future

Sociology is one of the most flexible majors on campus, as the department encourages students to pursue their interests across a broad range of choices. With a major in sociology, you can create a range of different plans of study. All majors have to take a methods and a theory course, but the rest of the 24 credits in sociology required by the major are at the student's discretion.

Think of all of the ways that you can create a focus for your sociology major!  Some majors are interested in a possible career in human and social services: they take courses such as Family & Society, Self & Society, Sociology of Mental Health, Poverty and Society, Adolescence and Delinquency, Death and Aging, Human Sexuality, Sociology of Happiness. Others are more interested in career paths in public policy, law, or politics:   they take courses like Labor and Globalization, Health Inequalities, Drugs and Society, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Food, and courses that focus on inequality such as Class, Status & Power and Race & Ethnic Relations. Some know that they eventually want to teach or work with children, and so they take Sociology of Education and Sociology of Youth along with Sociology of the Family. Sociology is the path to many different futures, and choosing every term's courses pushes you to focus on where you want to go and what you want to do.

In addition to providing students with the chance to study a broad range of social issues, sociology offers all of the benefits of a core liberal arts degree. According to a 2012 Fox News article:

“A liberal arts degree provides an inherent advantage in written and oral communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, and adaptability to change,” says JP Hansen, career expert and author of The Bliss List: The Ultimate Guide to Living the Dream at Work and Beyond. “The ability to comprehend, communicate, and conquer problems is the name of the game and is implied with a liberal arts degree.”

If you want to know what classes are being offered in the upcoming term, check out the schedule that is linked to "courses" in the top menu.  If you'd like to know more about the classes themselves, you can check out the descriptions and sample syllabi posted here.   [Note:   syllabi are not yet posted for all classes as of 11/10/15.   We are working on it.]

Undergraduate Courses - Level 1000 ( to open a list of classes.)

SYG 1000 - Introductory Sociology
SYG 1930 - Freshman Seminar

Undergraduate Courses - Level 2000

SYD 2790 - Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
SYG 2010 - Social Problems
SYG 2952 - Sociology Study Abroad
SYP 2450 - Global Society

Undergraduate Courses - Level 3000

SYO 4100 - Family and Society
SYP 3060 - Human Sexuality and Social Change
SYP 3456 - Global Inequality and Crisis
SYP 3550 - Drugs and Society
SYP 3740 - Sociology of Aging and Dying

Undergraduate Courses - Level 4000

SYA 4010 - Sociological Theory
SYA 4120 - Contemporary Social Theory
SYA 4150 - Social Conflict
SYA 4300 - Sociological Analysis: A Survey of Methods
SYA 4310 - Sociological Analysis: Qualitative and/or Comparative-Historical Methods
SYA 4400 - Sociological Analysis: Quantitative Method
SYA 4511 - Writing Social Theory
SYA 4905 - Directed independent Study
SYA 4930 - Special Topic
SYD 4602 - The Urban Community
SYD 4631 - Caribbean Inequalities
SYD 4700 - Race and Ethnic Relations
SYD 4800 - Gender and Society
SYD 4803 - Gender and World Development
SYD 4814 - Gender, Power and Relationships
SYG 4957 - Sociology Study Abroad
SYO 4200 - Sociology of Religion
SYO 4250 - Sociology of Education
SYO 4353 - Sociology of the Marketplace
SYO 4370 - Men, Women, and Work
SYO 4410 - Sociology of Mental Health
SYO 4530 - Class, Status, and Power
SYO 4534 - Poverty and Society
SYO 4570 - Organizational Sociology
SYP 4110 - Self and Society
SYP 4304 - Social Movements
SYP 4352 - Sociology of Peace & Justice
SYP 4400 - Social Change
SYP 4420 - Sociology of Consumption
SYP 4421 - Technology and Society
SYP 4445 - Women and Social Change
SYP 4451 - Globalization and US Cities
SYP 4453 - Global Social Change
SYP 4454 - Globalization and Social Movements
SYP 4530 - Adolescence and Delinquency
SYP 4570 - Social Control and Deviance
SYP 4630 - Sociology of Popular Culture
SYP 4650 - The Sociology of Sport
SYP 4714 - Sociology of Youth